by Michael dEstries
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brad pitt, make it rightIn their annual listing of the top best sustainable buildings, the American Institute of Architects has chosen a home built for Brad Pitt’s Make It Right organization.

The AIA picks 10 buildings that show how design can reduce environmental impacts by reusing materials, connecting to public transit, conserving water and energy and improving indoor air quality. The Make It Right home, one of many built over the last couple years, is called “Special No. 9 House” and was designed by John C. Williams Architects. It’s goal is to provide storm-resistant, affordable, and sustainable housing options for the residents of New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

The AIA loved it not only for its green features and Plantium LEED certification — but also because it can be readily mass-produced.

Check out an overview of the winning home here.

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • Lylian

    This is a really nice house with lots of potential. I can imagine growing a passion fruit vine or a grape vine (if it will grow in NO) on that trellis to provide more shade and cool the house down. May be the roof can be converted into a garden

  • Lylian

    Yes, just read the description of special no. 9 house here:
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    http://www.aiatopten.org/hpb/overview.cfm?ProjectID=1736

    And you do have a roof terrace.